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The juvenilization of American Christianity

Author: Thomas E Bergler
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Compay, [2012] ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Thomas Bergler traces the way in which, over seventy-five years, youth ministries have breathed new vitality into four major American church traditions -- African American, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant, and Roman Catholic. Bergler shows too how this "juvenilization" of churches has led to widespread spiritual immaturity, consumerism, and self-centeredness, popularizing a feel-good faith with neither  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas E Bergler
ISBN: 9780802866844 0802866840
OCLC Number: 758387392
Awards: Commended for Christianity Today Book Award (Church/Pastoral Leaders) 2013
Description: x, 281 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: we're all adolescents now --
Youth, Christianity, and the crisis of civilization --
Misreading the signs of the times: from political youth to trivial teenagers --
Social prophets or silent generation?: the failed juvenilization of liberal Protestantism --
The Black church and the juvenilization of Christian political activism --
Why everyone wanted to get out of the Catholic ghetto --
How to have fun, be popular, and save the world at the same time --
Youth, Christianity, and the 1960s apocalypse --
The triumph and taming of juvenilization.
Responsibility: Thomas E. Bergler.

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Thomas Bergler traces the way in which, over seventy-five years, youth ministries have breathed new vitality into four major American church traditions -- African American, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant, and Roman Catholic. Bergler shows too how this "juvenilization" of churches has led to widespread spiritual immaturity, consumerism, and self-centeredness, popularizing a feel-good faith with neither intergenerational community nor theological literacy. Bergler's critique further offers constructive suggestions for taming juvenilization. --from publisher description.

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